Search Results: "James Patterson"


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LEON PATTERSON by Gerald W. Haslam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"A well-researched, historically contextualized biography."
A compelling look at a fierce competitor who died at a young age. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2012

"An engaging, breezy portrait of an underappreciated boxing giant."
Meet the nicest boxer ever. Read full book review >

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SAM’S LETTERS TO JENNIFER by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2004

"Love, like, totally conquers all."
Patterson, a former ad man turned megaselling author (The Lake House, 2003, etc.), makes a calculated and obvious appeal to the widest possible reader demographic. Read full book review >

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2ND CHANCE by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2002

"Lots of slam-bang action, though, except for Lindsay, the alleged action heroines mostly have it happen to them instead of dishing it out."
A murder outside San Francisco's La Salle Heights Church brings back the Women's Murder Club, extending a series (1st to Die, 2001) that could rival Kinsey Millhone for sales, if not for ingenuity, warmth, or humanity. Read full book review >

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POP GOES THE WEASEL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1999

"Kinky mayhem, a cartoonish villain, regular glimpses of the kindly Cross caring for his loved ones, and an ending that spells a sequel: Patterson's fans couldn't ask for more."
After a flight in fantasy with When the Wind Blows (1998), Patterson goes to ground with another slash-and-squirm psychokiller page-turner, this one dedicated to "the millions of Alex Cross readers, who so frequently ask, can't you write faster?" Read full book review >

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JACK AND JILL by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Even Patterson's most ardent admirers should beware of this dog."
Can D.C. deputy chief Alex Cross (Hide & Seek, 1995, etc.) stop a demented duo thinning the ranks of the Washington elite en route to assassinating the President? Read full book review >

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THE JERICHO COMMANDMENT by James Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 9, 1979

"Dachau Two' indeed, because, though hero David does ultimately prevent total carnage, the author clearly panders to paranoia and revenge-lust throughout; and this sort of junk hysteria can only be bad news for those with genuine, serious concern about today's anti-Semitism."
The latest, and surely the most confused, in a recent flurry of novels that seem to be competing for selection by the Jewish Defense League (JDL) Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Adrenaline galore, but seriously compromised by the unsatisfying wrap-up. (Science fiction. YA)"
Patterson wraps up his sci-fi thriller series with consistent excitement but too few explanations. Read full book review >

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CROSS by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"The biggest disappointment, though, is an ending that makes you realize you should have skipped this installment and waited for the sequel."
Dr. Alex Cross goes up against the psychopath who killed his wife, with eminently predictable results. Read full book review >

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THE BIG BAD WOLF by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2003

"As in summer movies, a triple dose of violence conceals the absence of real menace when neither victims nor avengers stir the slightest sympathy."
Dr. Alex Cross has left Metro DC Homicide for the FBI, but it's business as usual in this laughably rough-hewn fairy tale of modern-day white slavery. Read full book review >

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FOUR BLIND MICE by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2002

"Short chapters, paragraphs, and sentences; stilted dialogue; facile plotting; a few feeble passes at description: a Patterson blue-plate special."
Schematic and pedestrian, Patterson's latest (after The Beach House, p. 519) pits Alex Cross against a trio of serial killers. Read full book review >

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SUZANNE’S DIARY FOR NICHOLAS by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

For sheer genre-crossing audacity, you might think nothing could outdo John Grisham's season on a Mississippi farm (A Painted House, p. 128) until you read this relentlessly throat-clutching love story from thrillermeister Patterson. Read full book review >